Name: Rudransh “Romy” Panda.
Died: June 17, 2017.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hyderabad, India.
When Romy was twelve years old, his parents placed him at a rehabilitation center because they couldn’t take care of him. His parents visited him a lot, but when they tried to bring him home for a visit, he had a meltdown and broke some things, so they brought him back.
Romy suffered abuse at the center. He could not talk to report what was happening, but he was protesting by being more aggressive, and had stopped eating.
Romy died at the center in what is being called a “suspicious death”. He was found unresponsive at 5 a.m., when the autistic students usually took their morning walk; so staff left him in bed, took the other patients out for their walk, and didn’t check on him until 7 a.m., when they finally called his parents and told them that their son was sick. When his mother found out, she immediately took Romy to the hospital, but it was too late and Romy was declared dead on arrival. Preliminary autopsy pointed to a “cardiac arrest or brain hemorrhage”, but didn’t give any details on what might have caused the young man’s heart to stop.
Romy’s mother registered a complaint with the police. She reports that her son was strangled by his caretakers, who had also been abusing him. The case has been officially named a murder case.